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Well, October is here.

Where is the time going, huh?

I know I don’t sound excited, but trust me, I am. 😁

I’ve been looking back at 2018 thus far and doing some reflecting. I’ve also been examining the changes and growth within me. I am not perfect and I am still a work in progress, but I’ll always take every opportunity to go to God in prayer and seek forgiveness if I have to. I am thankful for every breath I am given for every day I get closer to my Maker.

And time is certainly getting shorter.

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Challenge for octobre

Every month I make plans to start something or complete something (tying up loose ends), but for some reason, I never get around to doing so. Also, I am in the process of revamping the blog once again, but those changes would come early next year God’s willing. Once again, I’ll try to make it my duty to get the product review done and the Tobago trip for this month. 

Blessed octobre to all and keep walking with Jesus. 

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My World Cup story ⚽

Just two more World Cup posts after this one and I’ll get back to regular posting. 😄

I’ve been so excited to share my World Cup experience during the tournament that I forgot to talk about how I became a fan of the beautiful game and why I support Les Bleus. So today, I present my World Cup story. I hope I won’t go overboard while writing. I’ll try to keep it as short as I can. 

FRANCE 1998

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If you’re born in Trinidad like me and you enjoy football, you root for two teams: Brazil or Mexico. Well, back then. My father grew up thinking that Pelé was the greatest (I went with Diego Maradona later on after watching his style) and Brazil was perhaps the best team to ever play the game. Dad used to play football with the local community team and although he had talent and what it took for him to represent Trinidad on the big stage, he never took up on the offers, instead choosing to see out the rest of his teenage years before going out into the world of work.

Dad insisted that I watch the World Cup for he wanted me to see why he supported Brazil. I was kind of reluctant for I did not want to sit and watch men kick a ball around for 90 minutes. I had to take my words back for later on, I came to love and enjoy football. Anyways, so I watched dad’s team Brazil and I was not impressed although they were the favorites to win it all. But then, then I saw this beautiful team:

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This beautiful multicultural French team led by captain Didier Deschamps had my attention. They were nicknamed Black-Blanc-Beur (Black, White & Arab) and they defied stereotypes and they were the underdogs regardless of how great they were doing and this is how Les Bleus became the loves of my footballing life. As the competition wore on, I tuned in for all of their games. At that time, a resident psychic thought she saw it all and made a bold prediction about Brazil winning the WC. I laughed because I knew they weren’t going to beat the French team to it. Even dad was like, “But the psychic said…” I was like, “Dad, I love you, but Brazil is going to Samba back to their country without the ultimate prize.”

On July 12th, the final between Brazil and France was intense, but France’s multiracial Rainbow Warriors won it 3-0 and lifted the trophy with pure joy. 

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Back then, everyone was talking about Zidane this and Zidane that, but two players stood out for me and they were Didier Deschamps (the captain) and Marcel Desailly.

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They had a great friendship and still do. They’re the godfathers of each other’s sons and they always talk fondly of each other.

RUSSIA 2018

Twenty years later, a new generation arrived with Didier Deschamps at the helm once again, this time as coach. Deschamps has led France to its second World Cup victory, twenty years after winning it as a player.

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And watch the diversity of our goalies:

I talked a lot about France over the course of this year’s World Cup tournament so I won’t do that here now. This beautiful diverse team is not going to stop racism, but they’re an example of what people can achieve by working together as a team regardless of the color of skin or background.

ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!

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Going on a short trip

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A top of the morning to ya! I hope you’ll sieze the day and thank God for breath while at it. I have a short announcement to make: I’m going on a short trip from today until June 04th God’s willing. 

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Well, it’s not exactly an adventure, for I’m looking forward to relaxing. During those days, I won’t be logging into the virtual world, but this is not my last post for I’ve scheduled a few posts since the beginning of the month. I’ll miss you guys (especially, you, my dearest!), but I’ll catch up on your blogs when I get back. Take care and God bless.

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DQ v Pizza Hut: a lesson in customer service

I honestly set out to write this post as a journal entry, but it led to this. Also, this post was supposed to have been writing at the beginning of this month, but eh, I had other better things to do. 

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Customer service in Trinidad has long been the talk of the town from city to country. Why? Because it’s hard to come by. I must say that the best service I’ve received is in San Fernando. The people there are nice, outgoing, friendly, and always willing to help no matter which store I may venture into.

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The best service I’ve ever received from a restaurant is Rizzoni’s. The people there were pleasant and courteous. Customer service over the phone? I don’t always count on it, but my bank is great at this, so kudos to you, bank! 

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Last month, we (as in my sisters, Tammy and I) visited Dairy Queen for my birthday after work. It was just a small intimate thing and I wanted a cold treat for it’s been a while since I’ve had ice cream. DQ had a special, I think it was 4 items for $40 or something like that, but it didn’t come across that way. We thought the advertised special was saying 4 sandwiches for $40 so we enquired of the cashier and she took time to explain the special thoroughly. 

We gave our orders and then sat down to wait. I was pleasantly surprised when a few minutes later, someone bought the sweets to our table. I had the strawberry cheesecake blizzard, but it was not what I expected it to be and I had to exchange with my sister who had the turtle peacan which was soooo delicious. I was actually surprised at how small the hamburger was and not to mention soggy. Although the food was not something to scream about and I don’t think I’ll return, I was pleased with the excellent customer service. They get a full five for going all out for the customer. 

Now on to Pizza Hut!

Whenever I’m in the mood for a delicious slice of pizza, my go-to options are Mario’s or Pizza Boys. Although I didn’t want to go, my sister wanted to treat me for my birthday at Pizza Hut and this time, it was 5 of us. Our waitor was slothful from the get-go and unwilling to explain something off the menu for my friend. When our orders came, he unceremoniously rest the food and the condiments at the edge of the table. If he could’ve dumped it, I am certain that he would’ve done so. The Maître D was also unpleasant and there was an instance where she was walking the floor, someone stopped her to ask a question, and she said, “Tell the person serving your table,” after listening to the question. 

The food and the company was good, but the service was dirt poor. Maybe it was an off night for the lad and management, but their attitude was offputting.

***Photos via my sisters and Tammykins 💙

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It’s been a weird week

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Greetings fellow human beings. How was your week?

I know I said that I’ll be logging in twice a week during my time away from the blogging world, but things didn’t work out this week somewhat. I logged in on Wednesday but I didn’t get the time to catch up on as many blogs as I would’ve liked to. The same thing happened yesterday which concluded in me spending close to an hour trying to read blogs. I have to be honest though, my heart wasn’t into it. 

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So I decided to log back in today and see if I can catch up on what I’ve missed in the past days, but this week wasn’t a good one for me generally speaking. I did not get as many things done as I would’ve liked. I still have emails to return and appointments to make, but it just wasn’t happening. When I got home on evenings before I know it, I was out cold until the next morning. I’ll try to get to the emails on the weekend if not this evening and I had my mind set on updating Bible Studies this weekend, but that’s most likely not going to happen. 

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I hope I can make up for this week sometime next week God’s willing when I’m all rested up. May your weekend be stressfree and restful. 

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***All GIFs via Giphy & Laughing GIF & Glogster

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Journal entry #8: new year, new hair

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02nd January 2018

I’ve been wanting to cut my hair for the past few years now and I made the decision to finally do it. I’ve never been to a hairdresser prior to getting my hair cut, so the experience was delightful! The hairdresser was patient and walked me through some styles on how to cut my hair if I was feeling daring, although she kept asking if I was sure I wanted to hack my hair off. When she realized that I was serious, she got down to the business of cutting my hair to suit my face. 

I love my long curly hair, but short hair feels fabulous!

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And I just want to touch it all the time although I’m already used to the length. 

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What a way to kick off 2018! I am very pleased with my haircut and I look forward to styling it accordingly. 

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Playing catch up!

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Haha! That’s me trying to play catch up!

But it’s not working out too well.

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Despite being back and announcing my big plans for 2018, I have so much to do that I don’t think I’ll be able to catch up with every blog that I follow at the moment. I caught up with a few, but I have to leave again. I hope to be back in the swing of things before the week is out even though I’ve scheduled some posts. Take care and God bless. 

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Journal entry #7: 2017… MERCI BEAUCOUP!

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31st December 2017

We’ve come to the end of a tremendous year and I thank God for bringing me through it.

While 2017 had its ups and downs, I chose to focus on the positive. I picked back up a few skills I had neglected (except art), started studying a new language, read multiple genres in books, and met my new best friend Margaret from The Word.

One of my favorite highlights of the year was celebrating my birthday in the company of friends. ❤

Another delightful highlight was Tammy joining this warm and welcoming blogging community. ❤

Personal wise, there were some issues I had to deal with, but God saw me through all of them every time. I have those days where I struggle, but His Word is my strength and I can always depend on it.

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Thank you, God, for 2017! It’s been a blessing and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for me.

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Hiatus

I just realize that according to how fast you say the word ‘hiatus’ it sounds like ‘hi haters’. Anyways, it’s time for me to announce a short hiatus.

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I’ll be spending some time away from social media for the rest of the week and that means blogging too. I’ve scheduled some posts given that I was looking forward to this time away from the blog. I have material to write, books to read, sleep to catch up on, family to spend time with, a pet to spoil, but most of all, time with God. 

I hope you have a wonderful and blessed week and I’ll be back sometime in January 2018 be it God’s willing to catch up with your blogs. Take care and stay safe.

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Reading some blogs and leaving some likes

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Good morning, everyone! Well, it was morning when I started composing this, but looking at the time on the PC, I see that we’re easing into the afternoon. We just have like four more minutes and bam! Afternoon.

Anyways, I just wanted to leave this here: I am a little slow in replying to comments, following, and reading blogs because I’ve been trying to complete the challenge that I’ve set for myself for this year’s NaNo: 50,000 words by November 28th. Well, it is the 28th and I don’t have 50,000 words as yet, for I’ve taken a small writing break over the weekend to focus on other things. I might have to wait until the 29th to pass 50,000. 😛

I have 11,000 words more to reach my goal, but I’ll see how that goes. I think I have two posts scheduled for this evening, but I am not sure. Anyway, I hope you’re having a wonderful Tuesday! I hope to get back into the swing of blogging things around here soon, but in the meantime, I am reading some blogs and leaving some likes.